Here's How To Tell If Your Baton Rouge Home Has Carpenter Ants
November 13, 2020
It’s a funny thing. There are plenty of times throughout the day in which we see something and our brains register it incorrectly. Everyone’s perspective is different, which makes the world such an interesting place. Since our brains see everything differently, we might miss some key details sometimes. For instance, what you might see as harmless black ants crawling along your front steps might actually be carpenter ants that cause hundreds of dollars in damage to the wooden parts of your home. Once you learn what to look for though, you can register the danger if it’s there.
Carpenter Ants: Know The Signs
You should know a carpenter ant when you see one. They’re quite large and black, for the most part. Some variations include a dark red color. Due to their size and steady walking pace, they’re easily visible since they aren’t overly worried about the presence of humans.
All they really care about is building nests in the wooden structures of your home’s foundation. They spend their entire day out hunting for food or building nests inside your walls. Most expenses at the hands of carpenter ant damage occur after a prolonged infestation, so noticing the signs could help save you a ton of money. If you spot any of the following signs, you might have an infestation:
- Spotting large black or red ants crawling in your home, seemingly uninterested in your food.
- Finding small piles of sawdust or debris under wooden structures in your home. These include window-sills, baseboards, and doors.
- Seeing long trails of ants in the yard to and from the house.
- Hearing faint clicking noises from within the walls. Carpenter ants will scrape out wooden areas to nest in, which makes an audible sound.
- Witnessing large, winged ants flying around the inside or outside of the house, along with spotting their shed wings on the ground or along the baseboards.
Preventing An Infestation
Once carpenter ants are in your home, there isn’t much you can do to get them out. If you let them nest within your walls for too long, the damage can get very costly and threaten the structural integrity of your home. That’s why prevention needs to be your focus.
Carpenter ants get inside your home by entering through cracks and crevices within the home, which include openings like doorways, windows, and other parts of the foundation. Sealing these with caulking and weather stripping will help keep them out. These pests will also climb tree limbs up to your roof, so keeping those trees and bushes trimmed back from the house can help eliminate their chances of entering through the roof.
Once you’ve sealed your entryways, you’ll want to focus on moisture control. Carpenter ants are very attracted to damp places where the wood is already moistened, softened, or rotted through. Using a dehumidifier in your crawl spaces and monitoring for leaking pipes that cause wood rot is essential for limiting carpenter ant attraction. Also, you’ll want to replace rotted wood quickly so as not to attract carpenter ants.
While these methods will definitely help, carpenter ants may still find reasons to invade your home. To get guaranteed protection from these destructive pests, you’ll need to enlist the help of professional pest control experts. Before the damage gets too costly, contact Pelican Pest Control at the first sign of carpenter ants. Our friendly and knowledgeable pest technicians can schedule an appointment with you at your earliest convenience, so don’t hesitate to call us at Pelican Pest Control today.